I have researched all of the archaeology and theories on the mound building people of south Florida. What I discovered will surprise you. The Great Circle, a 1400 foot wide, 6 feet deep ritual construction built in 800 B.C. ( far left in illustration on left) Predates the Aden, Hopewell and Mississippi mound builders by 1000 years. The unique belief system and social organization of Nort American mound builders originated in the south. First Poverty Point in Louisiana 1650 - 200 B.C. and south Florida around Lake Okeechobee 800 B.C.
Pictured right: Fisheating Creek, Glade County, FL location of the Fort Center Site where Woodland Indians gathered, buried their dead and formed meaningful alliances for 25 centuries.
The Calusa built entire islands from shells, engineered sophisticated canal systems, while producing sophisticated and naturalistic carving of the birds, mammals and reptiles that were their relations and with whom they shared their world.
SEE MY PERSONAL APPEARENCES. I WILL BE PRESENTING A PROGRAM THAT IS A SYNOPSIS OF THE BOOK IN CHARLOTTE, SARASOTA AND MANATEE COUNTIES IN 2019 and 2020, as well as book signings.
I have been busy research and writing a history in time for the County's Centennial on April 23,2021. The book begins with the early settlers on the Charlotte Harbor after the Civil War and ends in the present day. Many of the county's most prominent founders are revisited with many surprising reveals. The History Press publishers
The first-ever complete history of the Florida phosphate mining 1886 to the present. A detailed written and photographic narrative of 133 years of mining "gray gold" and its legacy on the people and environment of Bone Valley.